Postal

4 Reasons Postal Reform Legislation is a Must-Have Right Now
September 20, 2021 at 7:06 pm

In our role as advocate for catalog, online, direct and other retailers, one of our biggest challenges of the past few years has been in making all retailers understand why the U.S. Postal Service has been so badly in need of being reformed by Congress. Last year’s (and actually, on through the present) controversies involving…

U.S. Postal Service Proposes Hiking Shipping Rates During Holiday Season
August 11, 2021 at 6:35 pm

The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday it wants to raise the rates for sending packages during the holiday season, saying the increases would cover the anticipated heightened package and shipping demand, which typically brings extra handling costs for the agency. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the new rates would be in effect from…

Raising Postage Rates for Catalogs Isn't Economically Justified
June 24, 2021 at 12:17 pm

The USPS’s announcement of new, higher postage rates for catalogers and all other mail is a mistake and should be rolled back. The attempt to boost revenue by raising rates may very well have the exact opposite effect: catalogers will drastically scale back on the number of books they put into the mail, suppressing USPS…

Postmaster DeJoy Should Step Aside Gracefully
March 31, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Postmaster General DeJoy should see the handwriting on the wall and gracefully step aside. Why? He had no plan to insure delivery of ballots during an election season. He whiffed on holiday deliveries and allowed UPS and FedEx to shift a backlog of packages over to the USPS. His plans to improve the Post Office…

Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. Post Office
February 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm

The Post Office should have both a plan and the leadership to carry out the new administration’s agenda. The first order of business is to appoint a new Postmaster General. In the past, the Postmaster General was a nonpartisan, nonpolitical job. However, the current Postmaster General was the first political appointee in recent memory. As…

U.S. Postal Service Announces Holiday Rate Increase
August 17, 2020 at 8:50 am

Last Friday, the U.S. Postal Service announced temporary price increases effective Oct. 18, 2020 through Dec. 27, 2020. Increases are quite significant, as follows: Parcel Select (DDU entry): Up to 7.5 percent Parcel Select (DSCF entry): Up to 9.1 percent Parcel Select (DNDC entry): Up to 6.7 percent Parcel Return Service: Up to 7.9 percent…

Cross-Border Postal Rates Will Increase on July 1
June 10, 2020 at 6:52 pm

Cross-border shipping rates will go up for many U.S. shippers on July 1. This change comes after countries began to self-declare postal rates based on the deal reached by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in September, Supply Chain Dive reported. Many postage sellers, consolidators and other cross-border service providers such as FedEx, UPS and Stamps.com, received new contracts from…

Postal Shippers Beware: USPS Implements New Dimensional Pricing in June
May 23, 2019 at 12:40 pm

The United States Postal Service is changing the way it charges for boxes shipped via Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and other parcel shipping services. Currently, the Postal Service applies a dimensional divisor (DIM) of 194 for boxes that exceed one cubic foot in volume, and only for zones five and above. Effective June 23,…

Amazon to Make One-Day Shipping the Standard Prime Offering
April 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Amazon.com announced Thursday that it plans to invest $800 million in the second quarter of 2019 toward making one-day shipping the standard offering of its Prime loyalty program. Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said Amazon is “currently working on evolving our Prime shipping program, which has historically been a two-day program, to a one-day shipping program,”…